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In Search of the Northern Lights

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Northern lights, Norway Northern lights, Norway

23 Mar 2026

Newcastle

10 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Embark on a voyage to Northern Norway, timed to give you the opportunity to witness the mesmerising Northern Lights. Known as the Aurora Borealis, this cosmic display sees the night skies painted with colourful ribbons of light. The Arctic’s fascinating way of life can be experienced through thrilling activities like husky sledding, snowshoe hiking and snowmobiling across the serene winter landscapes, or engaging with the indigenous Sámi people to gain an insight into their age-old traditions, from reindeer herding to the cosy embrace of lavvu tents. Deepen your understanding of the Aurora Borealis by exploring the science and unravelling the mysteries behind this celestial spectacle.

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Highlights

Northern Lights over Tromso

Seek out the Northern Lights

This itinerary has been handcrafted to visit Northern Norway at the best possible time to seek out the elusive Aurora Borealis. Thanks to the long, dark nights during the winter months here, the colourful Aurora can often be seen dancing across the clear night sky. We have included calls into Tromsø, also known as the gateway to the Arctic, and Alta to afford you plenty of opportunities to seek out the mesmerising lights ashore, while the decks of Balmoral provide the perfect setting to witness them at sea, should they decide to make an appearance.

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Snowshoe hike across a snowy landscape

Discover the Arctic Way of Life

Discover the fascinating Arctic way of life on this cruise, with the chance to meet with the local Sámi people and discover their rich culture, listening to their age-old traditions and stories in a cosy lavvu tent. You can also enjoy thrilling activities such as snowmobiling across sweeping winter backdrops, embark on an exhilarating snowshoe hike across the vast Arctic landscape, or enjoy dog sledding with a group of happy huskies, weaving your way across the snowy Norwegian countryside.

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Learn About the Science Behind the Aurora Borealis  

While you go in search of the elusive Northern Lights, you will also be perfectly placed to delve into the science and history of this natural phenomenon. Mother Nature’s inimitable light show takes place when charged particles from the sun collide with the Earth’s magnetic field, creating the vivid green, red, blue and purple hues you can see in the polar skies. Throughout your cruise, there will be plenty of opportunities to discover the science behind the lights, including their formation and historical significance.

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

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Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 14:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 14:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £3,399 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,699 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,299 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,799 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,899 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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